College of Visual and Performing Arts

Ernest E. Williams Theatre

The Ernest E. Williams Theatre is home to the Department of Theatre’s offices, classrooms, library and primary performance space. Seating 290, the Williams Theatre boasts a semi-thrust stage, scene shop, costume shop, rehearsal/dance studio and dressing rooms. The theatre computer lab is housed in the VPA multimedia lab in the adjacent Visual Arts Building, an additional dance studio is housed in the nearby Dolnick Center and we hold designated classroom space in a building within a two-minute walk from the Williams Theatre.

Our second performance space, located in Kettler Hall across campus, is our Studio Theatre, a flexible black box space seating 90-150 patrons. In addition to these spaces, we have a history of devising theatre in found spaces, as well. Recently, for instance, a student completed his concentration in directing by staging a production of Edward Albee’s highly-acclaimed classic The Zoo Story at a space near the river on campus!

Thinking about joining us?  We’ll get you started, based on your interests and experience. Contact our Department Secretary, Joanne Schultz-Ithier, at 260-481-6551, and set up a time to meet in person or via phone with the IPFW Department of Theatre Chair, Dr. Beverly Redman.